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Hands-on seminar on Erosion and Sediment Transport scheduled

Engineers, water resource and environmental professionals are invited to attend this full-day seminar that offers the fundamentals of erosion and sediment transport. Upon completion of the seminar, you will be able to determine when and how erosion and sedimentation occur and estimate the magnitude of sediment transport. Attendees will also become familiar with applications in such fields as river engineering, stormwater management, roads, culvert design, dam removal, and fisheries. Erosion-related policies and practices in Michigan will also be discussed. Click here for complete course information. Sediment and Erosion Seminar

Celebrate 2nd Annual Professional Engineers Day

Celebrate Licensure and the Profession with PEs Around the World on August 2, 2017, for the second annual Professional Engineers Day! On August 8, 1907, the first professional engineering license was issued to Charles Bellamy in Wyoming. Since that time, licensure has expanded and professional engineers across the U.S. have made the commitment to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. NSPE is celebrating licensed professional engineers with the second annual Professional Engineers Day on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Join us as we raise awareness about what it means to be a PE, recognize licensed PEs, and show appreciation for...

GLBR Chapter presents scholarships

The Great Lakes Bay Region Chapter of MSPE recently presented two students with scholarships. Both of the recipients will be attending Michigan Technological University in the fall to study engineering. Student applications were judged on GPA, test scores and additional activities the students were involved in during high school. Dakoda Patterson(below left) graduated from Chesaning Union High School and will study computer engineering. The second student, Troy Maust (below right), graduated from Unionville Sebewaing Area High School and is planning to study mechanical engineering. Congratulations and best of luck at MTU!      

MSPE Building getting some updates

On Friday, June 2, a group of MSPE members started some much needed updates to the MSPE building in Lansing. A fresh coat of paint was put on the walls in the lobby and also in the conference room and one office on the first floor. We also began emptying the attic and found a few treasures along the way. There was also some work started on the landscaping in the back of the building. This was a great start but we still have work to do, so if you would like to volunteer, stay tuned. We will be scheduling...

Michigan MATHCOUNTS team places at National Competition

The Michigan MATHCOUNTS Team placed 5th in the 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition held May 14th and 15th at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  The team is comprised of the top four finishers in the Michigan Competition: Reagan Choi, Alex Xu, Varun Rajesh, all from Boulan Park Middle School in Troy, and Jeffrey Zhang, from Hillside Middle School in Northville.  The Team was coached by Mark Martin, a teacher at Boulan Park Middle School. The team was among 224 competitors from all 50 states, plus U.S. territories and schools that serve the U.S. State and Defense departments who...

New Fellows named

John A. Condie, PE and James E. Kirkwood, PE were named MSPE Fellows on May 5, during the MSPE Annual Conference in Ann Arbor. Both men have been practicing professional engineers for at least 20 years, and are active members of MSPE’s Western Chapter. They have established a conspicuous record of achievement in professional affairs, including substantial interest and active work in the MSPE at the Chapter and State level, and have been active in civic, community, and public affairs.

Engineer of the Year Awards presented

The MSPE Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year were presented on May 5, during the Annual Conference in Ann Arbor. Scott Conners, PE, was presented the Engineer of the Year Award. Scott is described as a dedicated, hardworking engineer, outstanding in professional abilities and endless willingness to volunteer. He is well respected among his peers with esteemed reputation for leadership. As the City Engineer for the City of Walker, he is highly visible to the community and represents engineering qualities which are regarded as honorable and trustworthy. Scott has served on numerous boards for MSPE, including...

Column: End the political games over water pipes

By: Stephen V. Pangori The Internet is amazing. With just a few clicks, we have the entire spectrum of human knowledge at our fingertips. As much as that can be a boon, it is equally a detriment. There are certain things that should only be handled by well-trained and experienced professionals. One of those things is deciding what materials to use when replacing aging water and wastewater systems. The pipes that convey clean drinking water to our homes and carry wastewater away are critically important to the health and well-being of our communities. As our elected officials grapple with how...

MSPE Opposes SB 157 – Contact your Senator!

MSPE has been working with our design professional partners and several other groups (including ACEC, AIA, APWA, MML, MTA, CRA, AWWA, DIPRA and CPA) in opposition of SB 157.  The most recent version of the bill S01239'17 (S-2) Draft 2 was voted out of the Senate Committee on March 22.  Despite our best efforts and overwhelming opposition in both committee hearings from those attending, the bill was passed out 4-1 on party lines.  This bill would disallow standard city/county specifications, force the allowance of plastic pipe materials in all bidding for publicly funded water and sewer projects and cause potential long-term maintenance...